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who opposed the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the u.s. military thought maybe the policy of don't ask don't tell would be repealed. it didn't happen. but before tha there was high drama on capitol hill over what would happen, even a huge celebrity made her plea for a change ithe policy. our own key o'donnell has been covering the story and she's with us tonight from washington. kelly, good evening. >> hi, brian. >> reporter: the emotions run deep and the intensity playing out is, to some degree, about the future of thpolicy itself and a lot is about politics. with just a few weeks to go before the mid-term elections. >> this is a blatant political approximately ploy in order to approximately in order to galvanize the political base of the other side which is facing a losing election. >> it is wrong to suggest that the fight legislatively is election-driven. >> reporter: republicans effectively blocked repealing th17-year-old ban on gays serving openly in the military so the president's often-repeated promise goes unfulfilled. >> i will end e "don't ask don't tell." that's
're with us. grab your coffee, here's a peek outside. 66 degrees inside the beltway. but this morning, we got down to the 50s and even some 40s in our subu suburbs, oh, yeah, that's what fall is all about. some more numbers show we're at 56 in martinsburg and hagerstown. 64 in la plata right now. leonardtown, in the 70s. that's where we're headed this afternoon. by the lunch hour, we'll be approaching the middle 70s. 78, 79 later this afternoon. there is some rain coming. i'll tell you how it may or may not impact the redskins game coming up in a few minutes, barbara. >> okay, kim. thank you very much. see you in a moment. >>> a day that's always going to be in the collective memory of our nation. nine years ago today, four planes, two in new york, one here in dc, one in pennsylvania brought unspeakable grief to the lives and the communities across the country. today the thousands lost that day are being remembered in ceremonies around the country. the largest ceremony at ground zero got under way just minutes ago. michelle franzen has more on how the country will be remembering this solemn a
for american workers who have been making a basic household product most of us thought would never die. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. same question we posed at the top of the broadcast, what if an internet billionaire known for his iconic hoody gave a fortune to an inner city school system that's in shbles? we are about to find out. mark zuckerberg of facebook fame and fortune. he's 126. he went to harvard. he's about to be the subject of a big new hollywood movie. tomorrow, he's announcing he's giving $100 million to the scol system in newark, new jersey. by the way, the teachers there are the highest paid in the state of new jersey. the results there are awful, unacceptable in any society. and here's another example of private money trying to fix public schools. rehema ellis is at newark city hall tonight. >> reporter: good evening, brian. deep rooted problems need dramatic solutions. that usually requirelots of money, which the city is about to get. newark, it's the largest city in new jersey, with the biggest school probl
to the 2,752 victims killed when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes that attacked the u.s. in lower manhattan 9/11 families gather at a park adjacent to ground zero. throughout the morning in shanksville, pennsylvania where united 93 flight crashed, michelle obama and laura bush will honor a ceremony to honor the passengers that fought back. plans to rebuild at ground zero are moving forward. the centerpiece, one world trade center, is expected to be completed by 2013, but with each construction step forward, there remains a connection to the past. steel beams pulled from the rubble were permanently installed this week at the entrance of the national september 11th memorial and museum slated to be finished in 2012. >> it is going to be a memorial that we will all be proud of and a memorial that will inspire people around the world. >> and always remind them never to forget. president obama also signed a probleming clamation making september 10th through 12th national days of prayer and remembrance, calling on americans also to set aside time to volunteer. amy. >> and now here's carl
of the u.s. government, the pastor here says he is not backing down. on the anniversary of september 11, he plans to take the islamic holy book and burn it. burn the koran. pastor terry jones says he has more than 200 coran and he claims a message from god to pile them up and burn them saturday. >> it is by no means a stunt. we have thought this out. we have prayed this through. we believe that this type of message is right now very, very necessary in america before it's too late. >> reporter: the church's associate pastor -- >> it's a smith & wesson .40 caliber. >> reporter: says he's now armed after hundreds of e-mails flooded the church's in box. messages like, swear by almighty god, i will slay the church pastor terry jones in front of the church door. the center sits outside a cow pasture in gainesville, florida. the congregation here numbers less than 50. while this afternoon their leader said he is undeterred -- >> we have no intention of cancelling. >> reporter: -- pastor jones admits he's never read the koran but takes no responsibility if burning it leads to an attack on a u.s. so
. montgomery county police are searching for an armed gunman and they are using everything, from police cars to helicopters. a woman who lived at the avalon apartments tells news 4 that at 7:20, a woman ran door to door screaming for help saying someone was trying to shoot her. soon after, police surrounded the avalon apartment. montgomery county police say she know who their suspect is. the search to get him in custody led to partially closing the streets. police have also closed nearby exits, 270. people who live inside the af r avalon have been told to stay on the inside. those outside are not being allowed back in. >> they keep saying there may be a gentlemen with a gun squr omee in one of the garages or buildings. i have to go to work. >> reporter: that garage is the center of the investigation which is still ongoing. we are told forensics will be coming out an trying to figure out what happened with possible gunshots fired. in the meantime, the search for the suspect is continuing. they have just released the apartment complex just now allowing folks to come back into the apartment co
political decisions. a lot of thoseolitical decisions cost us political popularity. >> in 2007, adrian vicenti hired ree. d.c.'s outgoing mayor admitted to failing conseqnces in some of his potics, but they were not sure whether they ousted the mayor on education. >> i don't take last night to mean that the direction vicenti was going on education was the wrong direction. >> even though the mayor has changed, those kids a still there. d.c. has to keep those reforms going. if i were them, i would keep them. >> as he reached out to the voters who dinot support him wednesday and promised to make good on his campaign pledge create one city, vincent gray quickly boasted of his reformer bona fides. >> we're not going to be turning back any clockson school reform. we're going to beoving full speed ahead. >> the council chair who has been publicly criticized for some of her choices will meet with michelle ree on friday. she stopped short of saying that she would not stay on, at least temporarily. >> you know, i really just want to get an understandingf what his hopes and aspirations are, and,
this morning before the planned burning of the koran in florida. >> thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." >> it is september 9th, 2010. here's a look as the sun gets ready to rise on a nice cool fall-like morning. >> a change from yesterday. yesterday was pretty warm. >> in fact temperatures have dropped about 35 degrees since yesterday afternoon. and now we've got that first glow in the eastern horizon. sunrises are getting later and later. sunrise this morning about 45 minutes away. right now 65 in washington and it's in just the hlow 60s in prince george's county. upper 60s mere tnear the water. weather watchers reporting from the shenandoah valley and around the blue ridge only in the fifth there. we'll have highs today, though, with this strong september sun climbing into the upper 70s to near 80 and we'll have lots of sun again top. a bit of a blustery wind, but increasing clouds saturday, much needed rain likely sunday. how is the traffic? >>> volume on the increase, but fortunately no big accidentses to report right now. 270 headed southbound always the first to show and today i
misthe country theoretically. >> but not for the traffic. stay with you us, new 4/contis continues right now at 5:00 a.m. >>> a car slamses in to a building leaves two injured. we'll hear from witnesses. good morning, i'm pat lawson. >>> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today." we want to take a live look outside. it is 64 degrees. a nice refreshing morning. stars twinkling out in the sky. >> fall starting to set in. >> and some of the leaves are setting down only because it's so darn dry. we have had will this will drought on going and there we go, another string of dry days coming up. we do finally have a likelihood of much needed rain arriving on sunday, but for this thursday morning, no travel problems. off to work and school under a mostly clear sky now. and temperatures 66 at national airport. it's cool, down into the upper 50s now in western fairfax county, louden, parts of prince william. blue ridge, northern montgomery only near 60. and low 60s now in arlington and in prince george's county, southern montgomery is in the low 60s. only in the 40s now in western maryland and w
and now she's using her a young mother of three defies death and now she's using her life to make a difference. captions paid for by nbc-universatelevision >>> good evening. coming off of a drama of some of this week's state primary contests, beeve it or not, not all the political focus these days is on the november midterm elections. the run-up to the 2012 presidential campaign is also slowly starting to build. tonight, those handicapping the potential republican challengers are trying to figure out wha to make of sarah palin's high profile appearance this weekend in a place where presidential runs usually get off the grou. nbc's in washington to tell us more. >> reporter: sarah palin is becoming a party king-maker while at the same time defying the reblican establishment. now the question is will she, can she, try to parlay that popularity with the conservative base into a successful run for the oval office? for sarah palin, these are heady days. >> it's time for no more business as usual. it is time to take our country back. >> reporter: fresh off a string of primary victories
to prop up small businesses and the middle class nbc's tracie potts jones us for more. >> increasingly, docrats disagree with him over taxes and republans are digging in, not good sign for a compromise seven weeks before an election. w do win a tax fight and an election? first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> then put pressure on your opponent. >> we simply don't have time any more to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over $250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty partisan fight heading into november. republicans aren't wavering. >> republicans are united. no tax accuracies on nobody. >> reporter: even house leader john boehner who suggested sunday he might support the president is backing off. >> would you vote for -- >> want to extend all of the current tax rates -- >> reporter: tuesday's primary appears to have excluded both sides. analysts say tea party wins could backire on republicans. >> seems like it was a sense of voter nullification, like we're not listening to you. we, the
prevented the biggest oil spill in u.s. history is raised from beneath the gulf. now investigators can finally get an up close look at why it failed. >>> hitting the trail, with congressional democrats facing tough challenges in the upcoming mid term elections they've called on the white house for reinforcements. it's not the president they're asking for. >>> and the heiress, a half billion dollar fortune, a reclusive elderly woman who hasn't been seen out in public for decades and questions about what's happening to all that money. today, sunday, september 5th, money. today, sunday, september 5th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with lester holt and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good sunday morning, everyone. welcome to "today." i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolfe. we didn't just skirt hurricane earl here in new york city. it has been one of the most beautiful weekends we've had to date. >> yeah. in our case the storm mustered in good weather. >> great weather. >> we should have that nonstorm -- storm
riders can also use the service by calling the number and simply saying next bus. >>> if you live in virginia, you'll have to wait at least another day before getting your driver's license renewed in person. none of the commonwealth 74 dmvs can handle transactions involving photos because of a computer glitch. the problem first arose last week and it's not clear when it will be resolved. in your license expired or will expire between august 26th and september 30th, you will not be ticketed if you get pull over by a police officer. >>> the race for d.c.'s next mayor is heating up. fenty is preparing to debate gray. it's 9 first debate since the latest poll shows the mayor trailing gray by sizable margin. tracee wilkins has details. >> reporter: according to the "washington post" poll released on sunday, the mayor is trailing by double digits. the did democratic primary is just two weeks away, making today's debate that much more critical. some voters h already know who they want. >> i'm going to be voting for fenty temperature. >> i'd like a change and gray is the one that i would
the montgomery county agriculture farm park -- and those whe bags, those are sandbags, were used as a buffer while these devices were interrupted by the bomb team in case there were shrapnel or other debris that would fly when that was done. everything was detonated and taken care of safely, but it was a tense situation earlier this morning. this actually began as a report of suicide in the apartment of the 400 block of sunnybrook ter race inaithersburg. once inside, though, pice officers saw what they believe to be pipe bombs and other bomb-making materials. they callethe bomb squad, the entire building was evacuated, and that's when the bombs were removed by the special teams. the robots were wearing the full protective gear as they removed the pipe bombs. they were brought to this location where they were disrupted. can you talk a little bit about the threat here? first of all, were these, indeed, real explosive bombs, pipe bombs, and what was the danger to residents of that apartment building? >> definitely bomb-making materials. they obviously were in a pipe omb type of vessel. so havin
before. our whithouse correspondent savannah guthrie is here with us in our new york studios with more on this to start us off. >> reporter: as is customary in washington, colbert submitted prepared written remarking before his testimony, and they looked straightforrd enough. when he sat down to testify, he went off script and into his comedy routine. and not everyone is laughing tonight. on capitol hill today, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert, was billed as an expert witness on farm labor. and testified in character. >> congresswoman asked me to share my vast experience, spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important complicated issue, and i certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span1. >> reporter: one congressman initially asked him to leave. >> you run your show, we run the committee. but what do you say to that, stephen? >> reporter: but the testimony went on for several uncomfortable minutes. though not every member gave hi
that colossal explosion. >>> best medicine -- teens are using common cough medicines to gehigh, but tonight, a surpsing decision about a possible solution. >>> and top secret -- what we now know was going on in the background in some of the most famous images of the civil rights era. famous images of the civil rights era. "nightly ns" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it's always been a huge gulf in american society and in our workforce, especially, what men and women are paid for the same work. tonight, we can report the numbs have moved. though the reason for it isn't good. figures from this year show women earned 83 cents on the dollar compared to what men earn. that's the highest number ever recorded. the bad news is the reason for it. the onomy is in such crummy shape, a ton of men have been hard hit and many women in turn have prospered in this economy. still, in terms of women's inme and earning power in the u.s., the number represents a victory, a milestone and it's where we begin tonight with nbc's michelle kosinski. she's in miami beach fo
of the u.s. supreme court. justice steven breyer. >>> standing up to bullying in school. what most kidslready know and what parents need to know about the problem. >>> and sudden death. a high school ball player's close call in the end zone, and what some are calling the miracle that saved his life. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-univsal television >>> od eveng. there was something about watching all those homes in calirnia iinerated in th natural gas explosion and fire that made people think otheir own homes, to see a neighborhood that was thrivi just last week, gone today, makes you think twice about the dangers we all live with. in this case, the pipelines and gas mains that crisscross the country and bring energy to american homes. hundreds of thousands of miles of them passing under mmunities like san bruno, california. we start off just south of san francisco. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. tonight, the compa that owns the run purred line offered a bp-like fund. $100 million for families affected by the blast, b tonight, many of them jus
use going camping. the propane tanks had pipes with shotgun shells attached to them. he also had two pipe bombs that contained fireworks-type explosives. >> reporter: for nearly four hours, lee held a security guard and two employees hostage. when an nbc news producer called discovery's general line, lee picked up the telephone and started talking. >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body, ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it, it -- i'll [ bleep ] explode. >> reporter: the standoff came to an end when police say lee pointed a gun at the hostages, promming s.w.a.t. team members to open fire. lee was killed. overnight, police continued to collect physical in evidence the building. officers could be seen in the lobby and searching the bushes around the entrance. as morning wore on, investigators loaded bags and boxes of evidence into a waiting van. a section of wayne avenue remains closed this morning. while the building has been given the all-clear, police continue to control the lobby area where the confrontation took plac
-universal television >>> good eveni. for years a lot of us bought them without thinking much about them. then you tend to think about them when cases of salmonella start galloping across the country as they just did. so today in washington, they heard testimony from two of the largest egg producers in this country. millions of people have purchased their brands without knowing it and still will. the problem is, 1,600 people got sick recently in 22 out of 50 states. there could be many more who passed it off as a passing bug. 500 million eggs were recalled. today, we got a glimpse, for better or worse, into these two big producers. our own tom costello starts us off from washington. he's in a store there tonight. tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. in fact, most grocery stores nationwide, all stores should be free of those bad eggs. today, the iowa farm at the center of this mess suggested that a third provider, a feed supplier, may be responsible f the salmonella that has led to the recall of 500 million eggs. on capitol hill today, the man at the center of the biggest saonella egg recall ev
their paths will keep them away from the eastern u.s. but bermuda will probably be in the sights of igor and most likely julia will not affect anything but can't rule out the eastern coast being affected by igor. more a little bit later. >> a lot to watch. >>> let's get a check of some of the other morning's top stories. ann curry is at the news desk. >> in the news over the weekend, indications that iran's on again/off again release of american hiker sarah shourd is on again. sunday iran's judiciary said she can be released on $500,000 bail after being held more than a year. stephanie gosk is following developments. where do things stand? >> reporter: right now shourd is still in custody. herawyer says they're twatding for the $500,000 bail to be cleared and then she wil be released. under the conditions of bail, she's allowed to leave iran but her trial on charges of esonage is going forward along with the trial of the two other u.s. hikers who were arrested with her in 2009. over the weekend u.s. offials said they were cautiously optimistic that showered would be rereleased but intern
to the voters. especially those people who may not have voted for us. going across the city, we'll probably do a series of town hall meetings. >> i believe in civic participation. i believe in giving back to the community. certainly, not in big highly public role but in a way that can help my community, help the government, help out people who need a helping hand. >> gray announced a new website to disseminate information and to solicit ideas. the address is www.buildonecity.com. >>> noouz news4's tracee wilkins talked to voters about gray becoming the new mayor of the district. >> reporter: he has won more than half the city's vote beating out mayor adrian fenty four years after fenty won in every district. despite our differences, i know well that adrian fen shares our commitment to this city. so please join me in applauding and thanking him for his record of service to the people of the dtrict of columbia. >> reporter: fenty, the youngest mayor in d.c. history, started getting resistance from voters oriole in his campaign with many claiming the mayor had become aloof, disconnected. in some
. >>> we must begin with a major news story just up the coast from us here in california. it was dinner time last night, about 6:15 in san bruno, california, the routine of a normal thursday in the neighborhood was shattered by an explosion so loud it was heard for miles. then came the geyser of flames shooting 300 feet in the air and then the noise. people near the blast zone understandably thought it was an earthquake, a nuclear explosion, perhaps a plane had gone down. turned out to be a natural gas line exploding and a fire that wasn't brought under control until just this afternoon. san bruno is a city of about 30,000 people, give or take, just south of san francisco, just west of that city's airport, sfo. federal investigators have converged on the neighborhood where the gas main blew up. we begin our broadcast tonight from the scene. our own kristen welker and miguel almaguer are there for us tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brin, good evening. the national transportation safety board is leading this investigation. the blast has already been called a state of emergency
. >>> and saying goodbye to edwin newman, whose brilliant career made us all better. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. if there is a lesson from last night, here it is. the tea party is for real, in case anyone had any dots. and within the republican party, you could see some veteran politicians adjusting to that idea after watching a few establishment politicians go down to defeat last night. they were primary elections last night in a number of importa places and races. the message of voter discontent, and the status quo, loud and clear. while that w last night's result, and november is something else entirel lots of people awoke to a new political reality today. but there's a lot of that going around, starting in delaware where our own kelly o'donnell starts us off tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. tonight, democrats and tea par supporters are excited about the same big upset here, each believing it can help their separate causes. while republican officials are trying to figure out how to win with a candidate th
hours we have had high pressure giving us clear sky. plenty of sunshine with highs reaching low 80s, low humidity. increasing clouds on thursday. a shower after sunset thursday evening. drying out by friday afternoon. details on that in just a few minutes. >>> tom, good morning. as we get under way, wre doing pretty well along the 95 corridor as you head north from stafford to the capital belays. both directions, no really hangups. and travel lanes are open. bay bridge, overnight road work at th bay bridge and then an accident after that which forced authorities to shut down the bay bridge for a while. everything has been cleared up. the accident is go. looks like construction should be out by 5:00. weep keep you updated. >> okay, jerry, thanks. >>> this morning marks a new era in the district. the city will have a new mayor. gray defeated fenty in the primary. gray will be speaking later today. tracy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it turns out the polls were right. it looks like vcent gray has won the nomination for the democratic party to be the next mayor of washington, d.c
north an there's still more on the way. sour ore tom ctello starts us off from here in chevy chase, maryland. tom, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you. in fact, the east coast has been struggling through droht conditions, but today it got hammered. it started out with heavy rain, then flash flood and tornado watches fromhe outer banks of north carolina all the way north to new jersey. it was the dead of night when howling winds and the heaviest rains in months swept through the mid-atlantic. flooding neighborhoods, homes, roads, and making a mess of the morning rush. in metro washington, it caused one city bus to slam into another, injuring 26 passengs, including eight high schoolers. >> neck pain, back pain, minor lacerations and abrasions. >> reporter: the d.c. area is expecting seven inches of rain by the time this all moves out tonight. >> we've got many creeks and streams out of their banks. >> reporter: in myrtle beach, south carolina, the water has much othe city in a stand still. >> hopefully it will drain off in the next day or so, but right now we can't get out
that god would want us to do it. the american people do not want the mosque there. and of course, muslims do not want us to burn the koran. the imam has agreed to move the mosque. we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. and on saturday, i will be flying up there to meet with him. >> again that florida preacher's plan to burn the koran this weekend is now canceled. more about this coming up on "nbc nightly news" right after this broadcast. >>> officials in iran today announce that had one of the three american hike here's have been detained there will be released on september 11. however, the iranian government refused to say which hiker it would be. reporters in iran were informed by text message today that the release would co-inside with the festival that ends the muslim muslim holy month of ramadan. sarah shourd and two bruise arrested near iran. iran had accused them of spying. >>> a business owner in adams morgan is literally picking up the pieces after a driver slammed right into her restaurant entrance. a drive hit two women who happened to be walking by at that time. the p
-like group. nbc's kristen welker has been following the developments and joins us from los angeles. kristen,ood morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. authorities say five adults and eight children are missing. the kids range in age from 3 to 17 years old. officials believe they may be immigrants from el salvador. investigators lookedn palmdale. family members reported them missing saturday afternoon and expressed concern because they discovered personal belongings and disturbing letters in a purse one of the cult members left behind. >> they left behind notes saying that they were going to go visit their deceased relatives, that they were going to go meet jesus, notes that indicated that they wanted to go to the next life. no words such as "suicide" or "taking our own life" were used at all, but the indications seem that may be a possibility. >> reporter: ahorities also found cell phones in that purse. authorities released a picture -- this picture of the woman they believe is the leader of the group. her name is reyna chicas. they may have started out as members of the same ch
.n. the president of iran infuriates the u.s. delegation with it's controversial comments about 9/11. this morning the one hiker who was free is here for an exclusive interview. >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," >> lindsay lohan could be headed right back to jail "today," friday, september 24, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and orange, -- gorge, everyone. >> residents in parts of minnesota bracing for another round of serious floods. >> another heavy downpour promptpromp prompted officials -- >>> also ahead,he latest on the actor who appeare in the popular movie "the 40-year-old virgin" has now been found guilty of atechlted murder. he stabbed his ex-girlfriend more than 20 times and she survived. she will speak out about her ordeal when she joins us live. >>> and we talk about a william who survived a difficult surgery in which doctors cut off the lower what are of her body to remove a tumor. >>> in the news this morning, hundreds of people have been forced from their homes because of flooding in parts of wisconsin and minnesota where both gover
, some crime like that taking place he. >> reporter: police say this man used the internet to befriend a woman whom he later held captive and victimized. >> the person may seem like a nic person on the other end of the phone. if you don't know them, you have to assume that foul play could be involved. >> reporter: accoing to the sheriff, this go back to june. that's when they stay suspect john swan evanset the victim on the dating website eharmony.com. july, they say, he lured her to his house here in south riding. and health her against her will. and sexually assaulted her here. there is fear there could be more vicms. >> in a situation like this, the same as someone has been scammed them don't want the embarrassment of someone being scammedo they don't say anything. that'sow these perpetrators continuing. if anybody is fwam this person, we would lake to hear from them. >> reporter: some advice fom the sheriff. when you go to meet someone for the first time, don't do it at their place or your place. do it in a public place. it's mu safer there. i'm pat collins, news4, loudoun county.
to go. we have to educate ourself to a better economy. education is an economic strategy. you see us being 20th in math and science, we've fallen one generation from first to ninth in college graduates? that's unacceptable. we're paying a terrible price in the economy because we've lost our way educationally. that's why we're pushing so hard for reform. >> there's a lot of money in the reform movement right now. you t most of it. you got billions of dollars. as part of race to the top. president bush started no child left behind. that will be reauthorized, you hope, certainly. where are we with those? you're giving money. but there's a lot more conditions to drive accountability. >> we're not investing in the status quo. with the race to the top, it represen less than 1% of the total k through 12 spending nationally, you see 36 states raising standards,ot dummying down things, not lying to children because of political pressure. most states are removing barriers to innovative schools. eliminate the linking of teacher evaluation and student achievement. it's remarkable progress and co
. >> briefly, yes. remarkable couple of years. a long time ago. stay with us, we've got "news 4 today" continues right now at 5:00. >> breaking news, three people are dead in an overnight crash involving an ambulance. we are live with dails. >> good morning, i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for this thursday, september 16th, 2010. we want to take a live look outside right now. it is 65 degrees. a cool, refreshing morning. another autumn day. tom says clouds are moving in. good morning to you, tom. >> well, to help out our parched region with the drought ongoing we have a chance for much-needed rain. that is probably not going to be arriving until this evening, after sunset. between nownd then, another dry day. and right now around our region the temperatures are showing a mild start compared to the last couple oforning when it's been rather chilly. right ow it's generally in the low 60s in the suburbs and rural areas. upper 60s in washington and near the waters. out in the mountains, low 50s in many locations. eastn shore in the low 60s. and as we take a l
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't be swept away by the surf. the mayor spoke to us after one of his daily briefings by the emergency management team. >> the beach is going to be rough. the surf, we are going to see erosion. we are going to keep people out of the surf. beach patrol will be on duty at 5:00. the beach is open. we are restricting access to the surf. we will continue to do it throughout the day and theÑi >> reporter: you are looking live at a kite on the ocean city beach showing the innovation of some of the visitors. if you are given lemons, make lemonade. the mayor says that he believes the storm will be passing by 5:00 tonight. as you can see, the wind and rain returned. we are gettingxd conditions as d as they have been as we are broadcasting to you live on midday news 4 at 11:00. it's the situation here in ocean city. >> looks like a good day for kite flying. i can see a kite flying behind you, chris. >> reporter: they have had a couple out here. you know, we have people enjoying the day, the natural wonder of it all coming out. it's especially good it's not followed by days of cloudiness and rain
trigger other evacuations within the watch and warning areas. >> give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right, i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far offshore it is, we may have a problem friday into saturday for southern new england and the eastern tip of long island, but everywhere along the east coast should monitor the track of this in case there's an unexpected shift to the west. >> when you talk about a sudden shift, you're worried about the eye of the storm, whether it will go closer to land? >> that's absolutely correct. we'll put a different graphic up here, this shows you the win shear as it goes across cape hatteras. in that area it's hurricane force winds. if the track was further west, it would bring hurricane winds. of course you'll have tropical storm force winds al
. kerry, what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, good evening, brian. yes, nbc news has confirmed that secretary of defense robert gates late this afternoon phoned pastor jones. then a short time later, pastor jones came out here with all the world's eyes looking at this field in rural florida. they heard the pastor announce that he no longer plans to build a bonfire with more than 200 korans. pastor terry jones says he no longer plans to burn the koran. >> we have been in very much thought and prayer over this whole period. a lot of times we were asked what would it take to call this thing off. we have thought it over many times. >> reporter: the pastor now says burning the koran was directly linked to plans to build an islamic cultural center and mosque in lower manhattan near ground zero. >> if they were willing to either cancel the mosque at the ground zero location or if they were willing to move that location, if they were willing to move it away from that location, we would consider that a sign from god. >> reporter: flanked by an imam from central florida jones claims imam
making for a messy commute. some residents used sandbags, buckets and whatever they could get their hands on to deal with the water leaking into their homes. good ggy thursday afternoon for you all. >> folks, this is just round one of the flooding. round two is en route. >> veronica johnson is here with more on rain totals so far. >> the forecast is working out realy well just as we anticipated yesterday. we're getting a little of the break, at least some of us right now, from the moderate and heavy rains we had earlier. look at that sky. that's the break without anything falling in the immediate d.c. area right now. all through the are we remain under a flash flood watch. in the red, those are the flood warnings to the west of us and north. loudon county,nne arundel county and points up to the north. that is until 6:15. meanwhile, a tornado watch because there's still a tremendous amount of spin in the atmosphere. tornado goes from areas of baltimore county down through prince georges county, charles county, st. mary's and calert again. those folks have quite a few tornado warnings early
in potomac in a community that's lost power with every storm. tracy wilkins tells us they are considering desperate measures. >> we have definitely seen worse weather than what we have had today, but for folks in river falls it doesn't seem to take much more than tis tonock out power. >> this year in particular has been very bad. there's always been power outages you wouldn't expect in this neighborhood. > reporter: now with light rain, no power again. but since so many of the homes of the community are on separate grids it's not a problem for everyone, just the same people over and over agai >> i have a 10-year-old afraid to be in the house when it rains by himself because he assume the power will go out. >> reporter: even with underground lines neighbors say the power outages persisted. now they have started a community listserv online. the main topic of discussion by more than two dozen families, where to get a good generator. some are considering purchasing them in bulk to cut down on costs. >> it's probably a list of 15 to 20 people looking to spend, i would guesstimate roughly $5,00
attention away from talking to us on the phone. and focused it on them. and then my folks believed they heard a pop. and again, we don't know if it was a gun going off or if it was detonating a device. they felt they had to go in at that point. >> reporter: the suspect is dead. the hostages are safe and police are taking steps now to close this case. back to you. >> pat collins, thanks, pat. >> it was quite emotional as the 1,900 workers went back to work at the discovery building. this morning management met with the employees for a few hours and then they all left for an extended labor day weekend. john schriffen has more on. this. >> reporter: authorities turned over the building early this morning. about three hours we saw employees trickling in to check their belongings. while these workers did not talk to the media, an executive discovery did. he explained how today is an important 10 for the company that marks the first chance where they can mark this long process of healing. >> i don't think anyone walked in today with the same bounce in their step that they had in days pre
into what caused it. now the latest on this. >> the use of this fire remains under investigation. while there's been lots of speculation about what caused it go we're still awaiting word from investigators about what caused the fire. meanwhile, what is known is that a lot of homes, a lot of lives have been disrupted by this. and there is an outpouring of support moral and otherwise for those lives were changed. across the street, vinyl siding and a cable box melted from the extreme heat. it started in about 3:00 p.m. thursday. smoke could be sen for miles. concern for flooding flames will will for block. >> they did move us a block up the road. we just live right up the street and debris was flying into our yard. >> reporter: there was a challenge for firefighters. the home were close together. >> access was somewhat limited. and our fire an rat us is rather large, trying to place that in a most advantageous situation. >> reporter: the fire was eventually put down. the aftermath proved too much for one homeowner. >> just to maybe -- terrible. >> when they were building them, i said thes
, we're giving you props. >> welcome, craig, good to have you with us. we're starting off with a clear sky, no travel problems weatherwise. if you're planning an early exit from washington or anybody heading back home should not have any difficulties, flights should be arriving -- shouldn't have weather delays and all of the roads and streets and sidewalks are dry. only in the 50s in many locations and 63 in washington. right on the waters it's in the low to mid-60s. quite a chilly start on the eastern shore. it's chilly in western maryland. it's a chilly morning there this morning. in the low 40s in many locations as a large area of high pressure is over us now bringing us yet another sunny day with a royal blue sky. highs reaching the low to mid-80s today. then tomorrow it will be mostly sunny again and it's going to be hotter as we get off to work and school. upper 80s bit afternoon and we'll repeat that on wednesday, cooler thursday. ashley, how's the labor day traffic? >> good morning. diving right in with the good news of the holiday, no big problems to report. taking a look at 3
. but from al qaeda'perspective, they were successful. they tied uphe u.s. security services, they cost a great deal of money. and al qaeda decided we got a lot of bang for a iled attack. let's keep them going. that's what has people concerned. >> we keep calling the new normal, keeps changing all the time. richard engel, thanks as always. >>> now to what was a breaking domestic story late today. a terrible bus crash in maryland. at least one person wakilled when a charter bus carrying children and their parents fell 45 feet off a sky ramp on the d.c. beltway. it landed along a stretch of interstate 270, backed up traffic 15 miles and we're told that won't be cleared for hours. state police say rescue crews had to cut free four people who were trapped inside the bus. some of the survivors we're told tonight have sadly life-threatening injuries. >>> much othe east coast is under a serious flood watch tonight, and take a look at why. it's a weather system that stretches between two major cities very far apart. miami, all the way north to new york, as if traveling along i-95. it's already
was craigslist was being used as a medium, as a vehicle for people to commit illegal acts. >> reporter: they removed the section from the site two weeks after attorneys general demanded its removal. doug is among 17 top trors who wanted craigslist to stop kaufrg what he called an online brothel. >> there were literally women for sale. it was an online brothel going on. we told craigslist, you have to stop this. this is facilitating crime. >>reporter: there have been numerous police investigations of victims who met their attackers on site. montgomery coun montgomery county firefighter met a 16-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover officer. cathy lynn near told news 4, i am glad to hear the feature was removed. although there are many other places predators will look to exploit young victims, this takes at least one out of play. >> it's definitely a step in the right direction. >> reporter: in prince george's county numerous cases have been. >> host are human trafficking or child exploitation involving motels and such stem from craigslist interaction. >> reporter: darcy spenc
the outer banks expected overnight tonight and into the morning. lynn? >> kristen dahlgren there for us in north carolina. kristen, thank you. >>> police in maryland shot and killed an armed gunman who took three hostages inside the maryland headquarters of the discovery channel yesterday. court records show the 43-year-old radical environmentalist began protesting against the cable tv channel two years ago, hoping to convince executives to devote more programming time to environmental issues. nbc's brian mooar has our report. >> reporter: for four terrifying hours, a gunman carrying what looked like bombs held three hostages inside the discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. negotiations with 43-year-old james j. lee broke down. authorities say they had to open fire after he made an aggressive move with his gun. >> he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> reporter: most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue
they hate the most. >> come sunday, they belong to us. we have a new coach. we have new players. and we're going to beat the cowboys. no ifs, ands or buts about it. >> they have men or tormenters. they have their share of cowboy fans. also confident for a win. >> a win. 28-0. done. we own this here. 13 straight games. that's all i got to say. >> 50/50 redskins and cowboys. and we've got a bet going to see who is going, ending up coming to work on monday. because you know, it's a shame when you come in and your team lose. >> the big game kicks off at 8:20 sunday night. reporting from fed-ex field. elaine reyes, news4. >>> the redskins' cheerleaders traveled to new york to made an appearance on the "today" show. they also got to dance with the country band sugar band performed. >>> and you don't have to worry about getting home in your car if you take metro after the game. metro is staying open later and will add more cars to help fans get home after the game. the trains won't stop running until 1:00 on monday morning. >>> iyou can't make it to the game, tune in right here on nbc 4 to cat
he steal the idea from his harvard classmates. they settled for $65 million, now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. now they'll tell us while they think they deserve more. monday, july 20, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm matt lauer. >> officials in bermuda are saying that they are still trying to assess the damage from hurricane igor. >> hurricane force winds and driving rain has led to extensive power outages. >> it looks pretty this morning. >>> also ahead, former president jimmy cart is in the house and we'll be speaking toim about a number of topics including the rise of the tea party, those two american hikers still being detained in iran and what he seeses a his own place in history. >>> on a different note, there are new problems for lindsay lohan. could the troubled actress be sent back to jai after she admitted that she failed a court ordered drug test. wel have the latest on that story as well. >>> let's given with the damage caused by hurricane igor in bermu
within three degrees of our number, 65. no big changes there. the numbers should warm us up into the lower 70s. clouds will linger. but that's fine. we can play baseball with clouds. >> sure. easily. thanks, kim. we'll see you in a bit. after canceling the release of one of the detained american hikers on saturday, a senior iranian prosecutor says the country will release one of them today. iran will release sarah shourd because of health problems. more than a year after she was jailed with two of her friends and accused of spying. shourd was to be released yesterday but it was canceled due to paperwork problems. the other two will remain in custody. >>> we are following a developing story out of baltimore. police issued an alert or an escaped inmate who could be in the washington area. paul palmer faked a medical emergency while being taken to jail. he is charged with attempted murder in a stabbing last month. he could be traveling with a woman in a silver kia spectra. 2008. with a maryland tag number 1 ewb 10. if you know anything about this case you're urged to call 911.
just ahead. first, a quick peek at our forecast. kim martucci joins us now. finally we have a wet half to the weekend. >> we do. we needed this rain. we have been talking a six-inch plus rain fef sit. something is better than nothing. it should be out of here in time for tailgating and the game later number evening. we have 64 and at reagan international. the main band of rain coming through. it started through the overnight. a lot of tailgaters should be good as you get a head start over there. 64 is the temp. we'll take you to 73 with cloudy skies this afternoon. the drying trend is tee. >> all right. nats and redskins. >>> we are following a developing story out of baltimore. police issued an alert or an escaped inmate who could be in the washington area. paul palmer faked a medical emergency while being taken to jail. he is charged with attempted murder in a stabbing last month. he could be traveling with a woman in a silver kia spectra. if you know anything about this case you're urged to call 911. >>> after the release of an american hiker on saturday, a senior iranian prosecutor
correspondent, chuck todd, here with us to start us off. >> good evening. we'll start with the number everybody asks about five weeks before the election and that is, this generic ballot question. who's up? who's down? what do you prefer? last month, it was a nine-point advantage for the republican now, the lead has shrunk to six. the mood of the electorate hadn't changed. theyant change. they don't like the direction of the country and democrats ar starting to engage african-americans and hispanics. as peter ht, our pollster put it, democrats can change the turnout but not the landape. but what is the change voters want? what is this change th want? listen to this, 75% say the result they'd like to see is reduced special interest influence. 70% want to elect political outsiders, even if they are inexperienced, whether we're talking about christine o'donnell from delaware or other folks like that. 54% hope the tea party enthusiasm in the republican party makes them a fiscay conservative party. 54% want to see the repeal of health care, but what's interesting. they care about these things more t
. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led b the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans have died this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the causef this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situati like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a talibanpokesman claimg responsibilit
winds hit an office building that used to be a church, knocking the steeple inside the building, where it almost hit a woman's desk. she was away from her desk at the time and no one was hurt. dramatic, you don't see that everyday. it is now 7:04. back to meredith and al. we had severe thunderstorms last night. >> came rolling >>> mild and rather humid. good morning on this thursday morning. we have some clouds coming through, a temperatures now 73 in washington. mild around much of the region. and the view from our radar showing one shower now movg into northern frederick county, maryland, out of northeastern washington county drifting off to the east-northeast. later today we should climb into the low 90s, mid-90s tomorrow and lower humidity. cooler weather for the weekend. clouds around on sunday. small chance of a shower. >>> that's your latest wester. matt. >>> thanks so much. to politics, president obama addresses the united nations today as the gop addresses a n plan to deal with the economy and health care. msnbc's chief white house correspondent, chuck todd is here. >> the pre
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